This sounds very much like the record Deana Carter has always wanted to make, and is easily her most inspired effort since she exploded with "Did I Shave My Legs for This?" in 1996.

This sounds very much like the record Deana Carter has always wanted to make, and is easily her most inspired effort since she exploded with "Did I Shave My Legs for This?" in 1996. On her Vanguard debut, Carter comes across as a sort of barefoot soft-rock queen, with her girlish, intimate vocals floating airily over rock beats ("The Girl You Left Me For" and "One Day at a Time"). Her sexy twang perfectly suits breezy, romantic fair like "Ordinary" and the delicate, well-drawn characterization "Katie." "Atlanta & Birmingham" is a perfectly executed acoustic love song, as is the wistful midtempo "She's Good for You." Carter still showcases some lazy rhythm on the tough, optimistic "Sunny Day" and a syncopated, understated boogie on "Getting Over You." The gorgeous, introspective title cut is honest and stunning, as is Carter. This is a record she will never regret.—RW

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